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February 7, 2012 / rockroots

How To Buy: Pink Fairies

Pink Fairies in late 1973, recently uncovered in French TV archives

For many, many years the only records available by Pink Fairies were the three original studio LPs, three singles and one compilation, all on vinyl from the first half of the 1970s. These releases have been fairly well documented, but the pile of albums added to their discography over the last two decades have created a lot of confusion for buyers. To recap the original records, the first Pinks line-up of Twink (drums/vocals), Russell Hunter (drums), Duncan ‘Sandy’ Sanderson (bass) and Paul ‘Black George’ Rudolph (guitar/vocals) cut the single Do It / The Snake and the album Never Never Land in 1971; losing Twink, the remaining trio made second album What A Bunch Of Sweeties in 1972; Mick Wayne replaced Rudolph for the 1973 single Well, Well, Well / Hold On; Larry Wallis replaced Wayne for third album Kings Of Oblivion in 1973; and they added guitarist Martin Stone for final single Between The Lines / Spoiling For A Fight in 1976. A 1975 compilation provided a good introduction to the band – it’s often referred to as ‘Flashback‘, but this was actually the name of the Polydor Records budget compilation series it formed a part of, and it’s official title is simply ‘Pink Fairies‘. It was not only my own first Pink Fairies album, but also my first vinyl LP.

See also: The Cedar Lounge Revolution: Pink Fairies

Posthumous and related releases started to trickle out within a few years of their split. A one-off Pink Fairies reunion of Hunter, Sanderson, Wallis, Rudolph and Twink was staged at the Roundhouse in July 1975 by Chiswick Records boss Ted Carroll. It was recorded and eventually issued as Live At The Roundhouse 1975 by Chiswick subsidiary Big Beat Records in 1982. Wallis became a founder member of Motörhead in 1975 soon after Lemmy had been fired from Hawkwind (Lemmy was replaced by Paul Rudolph). A debut album was recorded with drummer ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor for United Artists and was more of a collaborative effort than later Motörhead records. Wallis wrote and sang many of the songs and there’s a clear resemblance to the music on Kings Of Oblivion with tracks like Fools, Vibrator and even a remake of City Kids. The album was shelved by UA until a 1979 release under the title On Parole. The 1978 Do It ’77 EP, recorded by Twink with members of The Lightning Raiders – including Duncan Sanderson – was credited to Twink & The Fairies, at the suggestion of Chiswick Records. Twink would use the same band name for his Space Lover EP in 1986. In 1978, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer was released from prison after a drug conviction, and he was invited by Mick Farren to celebrate by performing a gig at Dingwalls Dancehall (run by Pinks associate Dave ‘Boss’ Goodman) backed by Larry Wallis, Andy Colquhoun (guitar) and George Butler (drums). Some tracks from a long-lost tape of the show turned up on a collection named Wayne Kramer & The Pink Fairies – Cocaine Blues 1974-1978 (Total Energy CD 2000). The CD title is slightly misleading as the band were not billed as such and Colquhoun and Butler would only become Pink Fairies some years after this gig. The complete concert tape was then issued as Wayne Kramer – Live At Dingwalls 1979 (Captain Trip CD 2001). Despite the confusion over exactly when the gig took place (March 1979, at best guess), the tape was well-recorded and naturally includes MC5 material as well as some blues and rock covers. In 1982, ex-Lightning Raiders Duncan Sanderson and George Butler backed Larry Wallis on a solo album (having already had one recorded and shelved in 1980), but Ted Carroll insisted on giving the record the deliberately deceptive title Previously Unreleased by Pink Fairies (Big Beat Records). Although even Wallis himself virtually disowned the record, it actually contains some pretty decent material (notably Larry’s version of As Long As The Price Is Right, which he originally wrote for Dr. Feelgood), again in the same mold as Kings Of Oblivion and Wallis’ solo singles. This core trio joined a revived Deviants with Mick Farren and Wayne Kramer in 1984, and then joined with guitarist Andy Colquhoun and went by many band names, including The Love Pirates Of Doom. The three Chiswick/Big Beat records were combined on the 1991 CD Live At The Roundhouse/Previously Unreleased.

  1. City Kids [Live At The Roundhouse]
  2. Waiting For The Man [Live At The Roundhouse]
  3. Lucille [Live At The Roundhouse]
  4. Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout [Live At The Roundhouse]
  5. Going Down [Live At The Roundhouse]
  6. As Long As The Price Is Right [Previously Unreleased]
  7. Waiting For The Lightning To Strike [Previously Unreleased]
  8. Can’t Find The Lady [Previously Unreleased]
  9. No Second Chance [Previously Unreleased]
  10. Talk Of The Devil [Previously Unreleased]
  11. I Think It’s Coming Back Again [Previously Unreleased]
  12. Do It 1977 [Twink & The FairiesDo It ’77]
  13. Psychedelic Punkeroo [Twink & The FairiesDo It ’77]
  14. Enter The Diamonds [Twink & The FairiesDo It ’77]

 

1987 brought the first genuine Pink Fairies reunion with Wallis, Sanderson and Colquhoun joined by Twink and Russell Hunter for a series of gigs. A new studio album – Kill ‘Em And Eat ‘Em – mostly written by Wallis, was released by Demon Records, and a live album recorded at Leeds and Long Marston during their tour – Chinese Cowboys: Live 1987 – eventually emerged in 2005 on Japanese label Captain Trip. However, Twink quit during the tour and the band broke up when Wallis also left, with Sanderson, Hunter and Colquhoun carrying on for a while as Flying Colours. In exile in LA during the ’90s, Colquhoun would form bands The Resident Aliens and Lunar Malice with Mick Farren, FairyHead with former Motörhead drummer ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor, and reform The Deviants with both Farren and Taylor.

All of which brings us to the most obscure Pinks rarities collections. Fan magazine UHCK (that’s ‘Uncle Harry’s City Kids‘) was launched in the early ’90s by Jeff Holmes and issued a cassette in 1995 titled Silence Of The Hams featuring previously unreleased solo and side-project recordings by ex-members of the Deviants and Pink Fairies.

    1. Intro
    2. Larry Wallis & The RedbirdsDo The Redbird
    3. Sid Bishop’s Big BoppersTomorrow Never Comes
    4. Russell HunterI Went Home With An Alien
    5. Mick Farren & Andy ColquhounLeader Hotel
    6. Andy ColquhounBe Cruel To Your Guitar
    7. Flying ColoursRunnin’ Outta Road [1989; Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson & Andy Colquhoun]
    8. Sid Bishop’s Big BoppersBorn To Rock ‘n’ Roll
    9. Russell Hunter & Andy ColquhounSaying It Is
    10. Tijuana BibleRiot In Cell Block No. 9
    11. Mick FarrenTo Know Him Is To Love Him

After six issues, UHCK magazine was taken on by Tim ‘Slim Tim Slide’ Rundall and had increased involvement from former band members and associates, particularly Deviants/Pinks road manager Boss Goodman. A second cassette was released in 1998 titled Son Of Ham. In 2003, in an effort to raise funds for the magazine, that second tape was re-mastered for CD with added bonus tracks.

  1. Larry WallisI Can’t See What It’s Got To Do With Me [1980]
  2. Lunar MaliceHard Times [1993; Mick Farren, Andy Colquhoun, Jack Lancaster (sax), Spike Baron (bass) & Tom Freeman (drums)]
  3. Flying ColoursThey Keep Their Secrets [1989; Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson & Andy Colquhoun]
  4. Mick Farren & Andy ColquhounThunder On The Mountain [1988]
  5. Russell HunterI Don’t Like The Look Of This
  6. Flying ColoursSurf Instrumental [1989; Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson & Andy Colquhoun]
  7. Larry WallisCrying All Night [1980]
  8. Tijuana BibleMemphis Psychosis [1987; Mick Farren, Henry Beck (guitar), Victoria Rose (bass), Mark (drums)]
  9. Men Of DestinyBottle Don’t Need No Stopper [1991; Andy Colquhoun & Bias Boshell (keyboards)]
  10. Flying ColoursWhisky Man [1989; Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson & Andy Colquhoun]
  11. Russell HunterYou Lied To Me
  12. Mick Farren & Andy ColquhounIndustrial Dancing [1988]
  13. Larry WallisStory Of My Life [1980]
  14. Mick Farren / Jack Lancaster / Wayne KramerTales Of Beatnik Glory [1994; CD bonus track]
  15. The Love Pirates Of DoomLove You So You’re Mine [mid-’80s; Larry Wallis, Duncan Sanderson, Andy Colquhoun & George Butler (drums); CD bonus track]
  16. The Lightning RaidersSweet Revenge [1981; Duncan Sanderson, George Butler (drums), Little John Hodge (guitar), Gass Wild (vocals) & Bruce Irvine (guitar); CD bonus track]
  17. FairyHeadNevah Surrender [1997; Andy Colquhoun & Philthy Taylor (drums); CD bonus track]

At the same time (2003) a third volume was put together – Hogwatch: For A Few Rashers More. Many of the same acts turned up again, rounded out by a radio broadcast of the Pinks’ Marilyn (“Ooh Marilyn; what you carryin’?; You gave the band the clap; why’d you wanna do that?”). Sadly, the CDs did not produce the desired results, and UHCK magazine eventually folded. All three volumes of these super-rarities are now out of print but – although the CDs sometimes pop up on eBay for a very high asking price – the CD volumes and a transfer of the volume 1 cassette can still be mail-ordered direct from Slim Tim Rundall.

  1. Larry Wallis’ Exit WoundMeatman! [2000]
  2. Larry Wallis & The RedbirdsIt Ain’t Enough [1992; Larry Wallis, Phil Mitchell (bass) & Chris North (drums)]
  3. FairyHead Alienza [1995-98; Andy Colquhoun & Philthy Taylor]
  4. Flying ColoursThunder On The Mountain [1989; Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson & Andy Colquhoun]
  5. The DeviantsSee That My Grave Is Kept Clean [1997; Mick Farren, Andy Colquhoun & Philthy Taylor]
  6. Larry WallisI Think It’s Coming Back Again [1980]
  7. The Lightning RaidersAddiction [1981; Duncan Sanderson, George Butler (drums), Little John Hodge (guitar), Gass Wild (vocals) & Bruce Irvine (guitar)]
  8. FairyHeadLennon [1995-98; Andy Colquhoun & Philthy Taylor]
  9.  Mick Farren / Jack Lancaster / Wayne Kramer Disgruntled Employee [1994]
  10. Flying ColoursPolice State [1989; Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson & Andy Colquhoun]
  11. FairyHeadMutancy [1995-98; Andy Colquhoun & Philthy Taylor]
  12. The DeviantsJunta [1997; Mick Farren, Andy Colquhoun & Philthy Taylor]
  13. Flying ColoursWaiting Game [1989; Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson & Andy Colquhoun]
  14. The Lightning RaidersBreak Out Rowdies [1981; Duncan Sanderson, George Butler (drums), Little John Hodge (guitar), Gass Wild (vocals) & Bruce Irvine (guitar)]
  15.  Mick Farren / Jack Lancaster / Wayne Kramer Is There A Chinaman In Town? [1994]
  16. Tijuana BibleBe Bop A Lula [1987; Mick Farren, Henry Beck (guitar), Victoria Rose (bass), Mark (drums)]
  17. Pink FairiesMarilyn [1973; Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson & Mick Wayne]

 

After his stints with the Pinks and Hawkwind, guitarist Paul Rudolph moved back to his native Canada in the late ’70s to run a bicycle shop. In 1996 he suddenly popped up again to help Twink record a brand-new Pink Fairies CD. While Pleasure Island (Twink Records) is far from the classic Pinks albums and has attracted a lot of bad press about whether it should be considered a Pink Fairies album, it has it’s moments and is probably no worse than the 1987 reunion album. The stand-out track is Cargoe In Jamaica – a 32 minute(!) instrumental jam on which Rudolph shows whippersnappers like Porcupine Tree and Ozric Tentacles just who invented their genre. As Above So Below is also good for the same reasons. However – unlike his guitar playing – Paul Rudolph’s singing voice deserted him on this record, and songs like Eccleston Chambers – featuring long, repetitive synthesizer beats – are truly awful and shouldn’t be inflicted on the innocent.

  1. As Above So Below
  2. Eccleston Chambers
  3. We Run We Hide
  4. The Man With The Golden Gun
  5. Jungle Drums
  6. Cargoe In Jamaica

A second CD recorded by Twink and Paul Rudolph – No Picture (Twink Records, 1997) – lacks any of the redeeming features of Pleasure Island, and is overall a pretty poor album. I have no evidence to back this up, but I suspect it might even be the left-overs from that previous album. Love Punks is okay, even if it sounds quite a lot like As Long As The Price Is Right (a Pinks’ song recorded for Previously Unreleased after both Twink and Rudolph had left the band). Once again there are audio atrocities lurking on this disc (especially the title track) just waiting to assault the senses of the unprepared listener.

  1. People Helping People
  2. Love Punks
  3. No Picture
  4. You’ve Got A Problem
  5. Going Down To The City
  6. ’67
  7. Rokon

 

Around the turn of the century there was a glut of bootleg-quality Pink Fairies archive recordings released on vinyl and CD, collecting live tracks and radio sessions, mostly from the Twink-era line-up. I’ll cover the first three of these collections together – Mandies And Mescaline Round At Uncle Harry’s (also released on vinyl triple-LP as Uncle Harry), The Golden Years: 1969-1971 and Do It! Rare Live And Studio Recordings (1969-1971) – as they covered the same territory and recycled each others’ material. Some tracks were taken straight from Twink’s 1970 solo album (recorded in 1969) Think Pink, and a “demo” version of Do It is simply a poor-quality tape of the Pinks’ first single. As for the real rarities, a session recorded for the BBC’s Top Gear radio show in November 1970 yielded the songs Lucille and The Snake , and is possibly the earliest recording made by the band. Another BBC session produced Three Fifths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds and Tomorrow Never Knows – hard rock covers of Jefferson Airplane and The Beatles respectively – neither of which were released on record. The exact details of this session aren’t clear, but a Twink compilation LP stated that he had played on them, meaning that it would be from before July 1971. (The same LP erroneously credited these tracks to a French radio session, but in fact they were originally recorded by the BBC – see Tim Rundall’s comment below).

Pink Fairies were part of the awesome line-up for the inaugural Glastonbury Fayre in June 1971, and their performances of Do It and the extended jam Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout were both recorded on a 2-track tape machine for inclusion on the 1972 triple LP Glastonbury Fayre. What this version of Uncle Harry lacks in fidelity it makes up for in atmosphere. The Do It! collection included two live drumming pieces titled Mexican Grass War – a song originally found on Twink’s solo album. These are both taken from the soundtrack of the Glastonbury Fayre movie, in which The Pink Fairies Marching Drum Band can be seen patrolling the campsite and keeping everyone awake. As mentioned, Twink left the band in July ’71, and the next big event was the legendary (for hippies) Weeley Festival of August 1971. Here, the reduced three-piece had their entire set recorded, but not very well unfortunately. Finally from these compilations, the Pinks returned to the BBC one year on for an In Concert special in November 1971, where former Move and Balls guitarist Trevor Burton joined the group for versions of Johnny B. Goode and Uncle Henry’s Last Freakout [sic] (Burton would also guest on the What A Bunch Of Sweeties album a few months later).

Mandies And Mescaline Round At Uncle Harry’s (New Millenium Communications CD 1997; Burning Airlines CD 2001) / Uncle Harry (Get Back triple-LP 1998)

  1. Lucille [BBC ‘Top Gear’ session, November 1970]
  2. The Snake [BBC ‘Top Gear’ session, November 1970]
  3. Johnny B. Goode [BBC ‘In Concert’ session, November 1971]
  4. Uncle Henry’s Last Freakout [BBC ‘In Concert’ session, November 1971]
  5. Do It [live at Glastonbury Fayre, June 1971]
  6. Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout [live at Glastonbury Fayre, June 1971]

The Golden Years: 1969-1971 (Cleopatra Records CD 1998)

  1. Ten Thousand Words In A Cardboard Box [Think Pink version]
  2. The Sparrow Is A Sign [Think Pink version]
  3. Do It [single edit version]
  4. Lucille [BBC ‘Top Gear’ session, November 1970]
  5. The Snake [BBC ‘Top Gear’ session, November 1970]
  6. Three Fifths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds [BBC radio session, circa 1971]
  7. Tomorrow Never Knows [BBC radio session, circa 1971]
  8. Do It [live at Glastonbury Fayre, June 1971]
  9. Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout [live at Glastonbury Fayre, June 1971]
  10. Johnny B. Goode [BBC ‘In Concert’ session, November 1971]

Do It! Rare Live And Studio Recordings (1969-1971) (Total Energy CD 1999)

  1. Do It [single edit version]
  2. Mexican Grass War [live at Glastonbury Fayre, June 1971]
  3. Ten Thousand Words In A Cardboard Box [Think Pink version]
  4. The Sparrow Is A Sign [Think Pink version]
  5. Why Does A Red Cow? [live at Weeley Festival, August 1971]
  6. Mexican Grass War [Think Pink version]
  7. Do It [live at Glastonbury Fayre, June 1971]
  8. Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout [live at Glastonbury Fayre, June 1971]
  9. Mexican Grass War [live at Glastonbury Fayre, June 1971]
  10. Suicide [Think Pink version]
  11. The Snake (‘windy version’) [live at Weeley Festival, August 1971]

The entire Pink Fairies set from the sprawling music festival held in a small town near Clacton in August 1971 was recorded, and in 1999 the Italian-based Get Back label issued Live At Weeley Festival 1971. Tim Rundall points out (in the comments section below) that Walk Don’t Run was also recorded but was omitted from this release. As mentioned above, the set was badly recorded but it’s a good representation of the band in their favoured environment – an early ’70s hippie festival.

  1. Riders In The Sky
  2. Tomorrow Never Knows
  3. The Snake
  4. Why Does A Red Cow?
  5. Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout

Twink, following on from his solo efforts, began an association with Get Back in the late ’90s and is suspected by many of having been behind many of the archive releases on this and other labels. In 2001 Get Back released ‘TwinkThe Never Never Land & Think Pink Demos‘, apparently recorded in the winter of 1969/1970 and featuring significantly different versions of the songs from those two albums. They are excellent quality recordings – some tracks are (arguably) even better than the official versions – and all are recommended. It’s possible that tracks from the then-unreleased Think Pink were re-recorded in early 1970 for inclusion on a Pink Fairies debut album (if so, it’s plausible that Hunter, Sanderson and Rudolph might have played on some of these demos after they joined Twink in March 1970).

  1. The Coming Of The Other One [much longer than the Think Pink track]
  2. Dawn Of Magick [longer than the Think Pink track]
  3. Fluid [alternative version of the Think Pink track]
  4. Suicide [acoustic version of the Think Pink track]
  5. Rock And Roll The Joint [faster version than the Think Pink track]
  6. Sound Of Silk [acoustic version of the Never Never Land track Heavenly Man]
  7. Thor [heavy phasing and feedback version of the Never Never Land track]
  8. The Dream Is Just Beginning [acoustic version of the Never Never Land track]
  9. Do It (demo) [single edit version]
  10. Fluid (slow version) [slightly slower version than the Think Pink track]
  11. Gandalf’s Garden [acoustic song about Hobbits]
  12. Ten Thousand Words In A Cardboard Box [slower version than the Think Pink track]

Pink Fairies live at the Ruisrock Festival, Finland – Tomorrow Never Knows

Perhaps feeling outdone, Polydor finally got around to releasing official Pink Fairies music on CD in 1999 with a compilation called Master Series. Another collection in 2002 – Up The Pinks: An Introduction To Pink Fairies – coincided with the long-overdue CD reissue of all three original albums, complete with bonus tracks. Those who thought the Weeley Festival CD was as good as it gets were in for a pleasant surprise in 2008 when the Major League label unearthed Finland Freakout 1971. This performance by the recently slimmed-down three-piece at the Ruisrock Festival in Turku in August ’71 (just a week earlier than Weeley) was professionally recorded by Finnish state radio and gives us the best example so far of the Pinks at their zenith.

  1. Introduction
  2. Tomorrow Never Knows
  3. The Snake
  4. Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout
  5. Walk Don’t Run

Larry Wallis finally released his first solo album Death In The Guitarfternoon in 2002, and Larry, Russell Hunter and Duncan Sanderson planned a Pink Fairies reunion gig at the Roundhouse for 22 January 2007, and a BBC session for Stuart Maconie’s Freakzone radio show, but Wallis’ health problems forced last-minute cancellations of both and they have unfortunately never been rescheduled. Andy Colquhoun has released two solo albums – Pick-Up the Phone America! (2001) and String Theory (2010), while The Lightning Raiders‘ shelved 1981 album Sweet Revenge would finally see the light of day in 2013. In 2008 Rich Deakin published a comprehensive biography of the band titled ‘Keep It Together! Cosmic Boogie with the Pink Fairies and the Deviants’, and initial copies came with a Bonus Cuts CD of live and unreleased tracks.

  1. Pink Fairies The Snake [live at the Country Comfort Festival, Grantchester Meadows, probably late summer 1971; Paul Rudolph, Duncan Sanderson & Russell Hunter]
  2. Pink Fairies Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout [abridged; live at the Country Comfort Festival, Grantchester Meadows, probably late summer 1971; Paul Rudolph, Duncan Sanderson & Russell Hunter]
  3. Mick Farren & Andy Colquhoun The Ladbroke Groove [March 2007; a musical version of the books prologue]
  4. The Deviants Broken Statue [live at Dingwalls Dancehall, February 1984 (previously released on The Deviants’ Human Garbage); Mick Farren, Larry Wallis, Wayne Kramer, Duncan Sanderson & George Butler]
  5. Pink FairiesWhite Girls On Amphetamine [live at Long Marston Raceway, 1987 (previously released on Pink Fairies’ Chinese Cowboys); Andy Colquhoun, Larry Wallis, Duncan Sanderson, Russell Hunter & Twink]
  6. Mick Farren & Andy Colquhoun The Ladbroke Groove [radio edit]

In September 2009, Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson and Paul Rudolph re-united to record a new version of Do It as part of a fund-raising effort for Boss Goodman, who had suffered a stroke. The various artists CD Portobello Shuffle: A Testimonial To Boss Goodman And Tribute To The Music Of  The Deviants And Pink Fairies was eventually released in November 2010 on the Easy Action label and, aside from the Pinks reunion, featured occasionally excellent contributions from notable associates and fans including Larry Wallis, Mick Farren, Andy Colquhoun, George Butler, Nik Turner & Terry Ollis & Adrian Shaw (Hawkwind), John Sinclair (MC5), Captain Sensible & Rat Scabies & Brian James (feuding ex-members of The Damned), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Philthy Taylor (Motörhead), Wilko Johnson (Dr Feelgood) and Wreckless Eric.

  1. Pink FairiesDo It! (Again) ’09
  2. Felix DennisA Saturday Gig
  3. Clark HutchinsonRambling B(l)ack Transit Blues
  4. Pink FA with Nik TurnerUncle Harry’s Last Freakout
  5. John Sinclair with Slim Tim Slide and George ButlerPeople Call You Crazy
  6. John Perry, Adrian Shaw & Rod GoodwayHalf Price Drinks
  7. Captain SensibleSay You Love Me
  8. Scabies/JamesTeenage Rebel
  9. Darryl ReadSomewhere To Go
  10. Wilko Johnson BandPortobello Shuffle
  11. Wreckless Eric & Amy RigbyI Wish I Was A Girl
  12. Farren, Colquhoun and TaylorBaby Pink
  13. Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of MedicineMetamorphosis Exploration On Deviation Street Jam
  14. Larry WallisHe’s The Boss
  15. Felix DennisBig Boss Man

Following on from the release, in 2011 Mick Farren and Andy Colquhoun (both having returned home to the UK), together with Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson, Slim Tim Slide and percussionist Jaki Miles-Windmill, performed a number of gigs as Mick Farren & The Last Men Standing, including the 2011 Glastonbury Festival – 40 years after the Pink Fairies’ appearance. The band, minus Tim, later re-adopted The Deviants name and continued to gig, and it was during one such performance in July 2013 that Mick Farren suffered a fatal heart attack. This sad event was very briefly preceded by a brand-new Deviants single, Fury of the Mob, and work had just been completed on his final album (credited once again to Mick Farren & Andy Colquhoun) – The Woman In The Black Vinyl Dress. Rumours about reunions of different Pink Fairies line-ups continue to surface from time to time, and with various members still taking to the stage occasionally, there may yet be more chapters to this story.

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Post Script

Well, as of 2014 it’s official – the Pink Fairies are gigging again. With that final Deviants line-up of Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson, Andy Colquhoun and Jaki Miles-Windmill joined by second drummer George Butler, the relaunched band have played a string of dates up and down Britain, including a couple of festival dates with Hawkwind. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, this new activity (and a new album from Twink) has coincided with yet more PF compilations. 2013 brought Live Fuzz 1971 – UK & Finland from Purple Pyramid Records, gathering tracks from the 1971 festivals at Glastonbury, Weeley and Ruisrock. This was followed in 2014 by Fuzz Freakout 1970-1971 from the Cleopatra label, combining the same Ruisrock tracks with the five BBC session songs and the “demo” version of Do It. All of these tracks were already widely available, although the deluxe release from Cleopatra did include the BBC sessions on a second vinyl disc with a fold out poster.

 

With thanks to Tim Rundall.

See also:

How To Buy: Twink Records

Larry Wallis’ Pink Fairies website

Portobello Shuffle @ Myspace

Reverbnation: Andy Colquhoun

The Real Music Club (Brighton)

Keep It Together!’ – Rich Deakin (2008)

 

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  1. WorldbyStorm / Feb 7 2012 21:44

    That’s amazing comprehensive Rock Roots. Fantastic work. Amazing how they just chugged onwards through the decades in one form or another.

    • rockroots / Feb 8 2012 10:57

      Thanks WbS, had to get that out of my system, prompted in part by your feature. Yeah, it’s surprising how many people have tried to sell records using the Pink Fairies name when they were always a pretty obscure band.

  2. Mohammed Abdullah / Feb 17 2012 23:09

    See comment on How to buy Twink Records.

  3. tim rundall / Sep 20 2012 23:52

    very minor point but the weeley record omits ‘walk dont run’ which is on the original tape of the set. the uhck cds are indeed still available (from me). The last men standing re-adopted the name The Deviants and continue to gig. Andy Colquhoun has issued 2 fine solo cd’s, ‘Pick Up The Phone America’ (cap trips) and the all instrumental ‘String Theory’ available from his website and Larry Wallis released the superb ‘Death In The Guitarfernoon’ solo album…. also the PF tracks credited to French Radio were in fact broadcast by the BBC (mostly on Top Gear) and are listed in the BBC Sessions book. The Fairies story is told in the book ‘Keep It Together’ by Rich Deakin as well as it could be, initial copies with a free cd with unreleased live PF tracks and the new ‘Ladbroke Groove’ by Mick & Andy (a musical version of the books prologue by Mick). Both Andy and Mick have appeared recently (seperately) on my radio show as special guests playing live and airing more unissued tracks from the vaults – links on the facebook page The Real Music Club (both shows in 2011)…

    • rockroots / Sep 27 2012 20:06

      Thanks a lot for the update Tim – will make corrections to the article in the near future.

  4. Dale haskell / Jan 3 2013 05:09

    Thanks very much for this. Really sorts out the mess of post Pinks releases!

  5. Dave Jewitt / Dec 17 2013 15:22

    Most enlightening, cheers.

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